Results for tag: Greg Golson
Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 28, 2010 at 11:58:14 AM

MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING: THE CULT OF THE VETERAN
Here’s a trivia question for you: Who was the Yankees’ opening day designated hitter in 1977? Here are some hints: It wasn’t Reggie Jackson; he played right field. It wasn’t Roy White; he played left. It wasn’t Lou Piniella; he didn’t play. Ready? It was Jimmy Wynn -- the Toy Cannon. He went 2-for-3 with a home run, too, the only run the Yankees would need in a 3-0 win over the Brewers.

Jimmy Wynn was 35 then. He was a heck of a player, though it’s sometimes hard to see that because he played in the 1960s and 70s, a time when offense was at a low ebb. In 1969, he hit .269/.436/.507 with 33 home runs and 148 walks. That’s roughly equivalent to hitting .305 with 40 home runs last year. He was

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 13, 2010 at 06:30:26 PM

WHADDYA EXPECT?
Sure, Justin Verlander is an excellent pitcher, but as CC Sabathia showed today, excellent pitchers can be beaten. It helps if you face that pitcher with a real lineup, but the Yankees were about a third short of one today with Juan Miranda, Randy Winn, and Greg Golson at the bottom of the order. This trio of light hitters stranded nine baserunners today, contributing to a 1-3 finish for the Yankees in their long series at Detroit.

At the risk of repeating yesterday’s entry, it’s quite confusing as to why the Yankees are prepared to tolerate their current roster when they have alternatives beyond Golson, a pinch-runner/defensive substitute, Winn, a player who needs to hit .300 to be productive and won’t, and the ageless Miranda, who just might -- maybe

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 4, 2010 at 05:31:02 PM

WELCOME TO LEFTY MANSION
Tonight, the Yankees face Orioles southpaw Brian Matusz. If Matusz seems like the 98th lefty the Yankees have faced this year, you’re not far off. The Yankees have been running into portsiders at a crazy-high rate. Through Monday, the Yankees have played in 10 games started by a left-hander, compared to 15 started by a right-hander. That equates to two out of five games, or 40 percent, have been started by southpaws. Last year, opposing teams started lefties in 54 games, or one-third.

I have no idea if this lefty-centric trend will keep up -- it seems unlikely given that only 31 percent of games have been started by left-handers league-wide -- but if it does, the Yankees will face close to 70 lefties this year. Suddenly, a player like Marcus Thames goes from

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Jan 26, 2010 at 05:09:46 PM

MLB Trade Rumors reports that Xavier Nady has agreed to a one-year deal with the Cubs, pending a physical. Given that he’s had two Tommy John surgeries, there is no guarantee that he’ll pass it, but let’s assume that some basic exchange of medical records has taken place and the Cubs have some idea that he’ll pass. Thus endeth an experiment that didn’t reward the Yankees and was unlikely ever to do so. Nady is a bit like my home town in that there’s no there there. He’s a corner outfielder who, but for half of the 2008 season, provides production that is substandard for his positions.  Had the Yankees been content to live with his .308/.383/.471 rates against left-handers and consider him a platoon player/reserve, he might have been a positive

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